Giroud happy for Kepa clean sheet

‘We started well again with great intentions to play between the lines,’ said Giroud. ‘We created quite a lot of chances, could have put the game to bed before, but we are very pleased with the clean sheet and we carry on our good work.’

The reason he was particularly pleased by that clean sheet is that it came on Kepa Arrizabalaga’s first Premier League start since October. The goalkeeper has had to be patient since the arrival of Edouard Mendy, but was given the chance to deputise again for the visit of Newcastle.

The Spaniard added another clean sheet to go with the one he kept in the FA Cup last week, and our striker feels it was deserved reward for the attitude shown by the goalkeeper while out of the team.

‘I’m happy for him,’ added Giroud. ‘He’s stayed focused on his job and committed to what he has to do. Every day at training he is working hard to be ready when the manager will ask him to play and he played very well I think, like the team.’